Sports have been a lifetime passion and my teams are eclectic to say the least but their origins have a shared beginning. On a Fall Sunday evening in 1985 I received my first lesson in fandom. My father was a college minister and so our home was always full of college kids. Being that we were in Lubbock, TX at this time the Dallas Cowboys were a big deal. On this particular Sunday night the game pitted the NY Giants vs the room’s beloved Cowboys. Being the contrarian I was, I picked the Giants when asked. At halftime the Giants trailed the Cowboys by a count of 17-3 but despite the long odds I begged my mother to let me stay up and finish the game. The college kids also, wanting to show me mercy, extended me 7 pts (this was also my first brush with a point line). Sure enough the Giants came back in the second half only to finish a point short; however with the 7 pts I had picked up at half I was victorious and how sweet it was. The next week the same kids came over and once again asked what team I was pulling for. When I asked who they were rooting for and then promptly choose the other team I was informed that it was time to pick a few horses and stick with them. That week I picked my teams and with the exception of the addition of Seattle teams my list remains intact. Hope you enjoy these images not matter your home teams.
Sports: Passion, Love, Obsession
The Los Angeles Lakers
Growing up in Lubbock TX during the 80's the only NBA you ever saw on TV was Sundays. The Boston Celtics in the morning (during church) and the LA Lakers in the afternoon. Being that I had begun to hate Boston teams, I wanted to be Magic, and I loved the style of play I became an avid Lakers fan. That said the NBA has lost me as a fan with the dirty dealings of the Sonics. Click the images to watch why I no longer support the NBA or Starbucks. Sad to have the sport I played and loved ruined.
Baseball? Seattle Mariners
Baseball, much like Basketball, has lost me as I get older. The length of the game and the sheer number of games really lose my attention at times during the summer. However I loved The Kid and enjoy having the M's on during Seattle's long summer nights. It's the NW's soundtrack to summer. Come on M's, lets turn this ship around.
The Miami Dolphins - Perfect Season
The Dolphins were my first love as my Papa was a huge fan. I remember Dan's Super Bowl loss in '84 and the '85 AFC Championship loss to the Pats that began a hatred for Boston and all its teams. Yes, I still pop champagne when the last team loses each NFL season and Dan was The Man. Go Phins!
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